The Student Who Taught Me

I met Ted the second semester I taught at a community college—just a few short years ago. He sat in the front row. His legs were too long to fit under the ridiculously small 1970’s desks we had then. The chair seemed tiny in comparison to his frame. He was a former Marine, 49, six-foot-five, and the oldest student in the class. Ted was even a couple of years older than the newbie instructor--me. When he first spoke up, challenging me on an essay we’d read for the English comp class, I thought, “What am I going to do with this dude?” ...more
@paulag01 Sincere thanks for the feature. My students are remarkable and teach me every day. :)more

Who Do You Tell When the Bully Is the Teacher

I caught a story about a special needs girl being bullied -- by her teacher -- this morning on the Today Show. It stopped me dead in my tracks. It probably shouldn't have. Given all the crazy going around, it is probably par for the course, but I guess I'm more optimistic than I often give myself credit for. I want to believe that people are kind, generous, patient, and loving. Especially those who teach. You take on the responsibility of a classroom, full of kids. These kids have different abilities. And it's your responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for each of these children....more
@GoFashionDeals LOLi & amen! Do NOT stand before the wrath of a mom protecting her young!more

5 Obvious Signs You Live with a Teacher

 It’s report card season. My household reflects the lifestyle of busy educators on the move, especially around this time of year.Below are five telltale signs you live with a teacher. Feel welcome to share more in the comments section.1. Teacher version textbooks and guides cover most empty spaces in your bookcases and floor....more

Creating a Professional On-Line Presence

Any real teacher will tell you that the new year starts with the start of the new school year.  And just like people make resolutions in January for the new calendar year, teachers write goals in September to mark the new school year.  So here I sit faced with having to create goals before the school year starts -- which is tomorrow (but no pressure!).  These  are not goals and objectives for a lesson, for a unit of study, or even for students (although teachers create those also), but goals for myself as I continue to grow and develop as a...more

Just Thinking


Is It Learning German or German Learning?

Today I stepped into a classroom for the first time in 2 1/2 or so years. Well, it was a little less like a classroom and more like a building site. It fact, it was a building site. No kidding! I turned up to my new German class this morning and it turned out that where the classes are being held (in Schöneberg)isn't quite finished yet so we walked down a corridor filled with doors leaning against walls, no flooring, cables sticking out of walls and a handful of builders hanging from various objects. Not quite what I was expecting....more

Reading, Writing and ?

by Lianne Castelino My soon-to-be 14-year-old son finished exams yesterday and boy did his parents ever learn a lot! We got quizzed, tested, stumped and were ultimately forced to find the right answer.  The issue is this:  do you know when to allow a child to find answers on their own and when to put that independence on hold, replacing it with parental support? ...more

Act hot for a crush and not this heat

 Lately I've been walking up and down our hallways at school thinking up different ways to beat the heat (it was 90 degrees yesterday in Ms....more

Teacher Appreciation Week

"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." - Author unknown Teacher Appreciation Week is a chance to honor educators who not only teach the ABCs and 123s, but who also nurture our children and help shape their futures. This year it is being celebrated May 2-6.  There are many gifts you can buy or make for your children's teachers....more

The Perfect Parent

It’s not possible to be the perfect parent… I try, but I can never get to where I want to be. Let me tell you the most recent internal letdown. My son had a field trip scheduled today for the Children’s Museum. He loves going there and they’ve even got his favorite character, Bumblebee from Transformers, there on display. He was super excited to go and I was excited for him....more